If you'll be visiting Oklahoma City on July 4th, you'll find no shortage of fun festivities, including its popular Red, White & Boom celebration. Other Independence Day options in the metro area include Bethany's Freedom Festival, Edmond's LibertyFest, Yukon's Freedom Fest, Midwest City's Tribute to Liberty, Bricktown's 4th Fest, and Moore's Celebration in the Heartland.
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2018 brings the 11th Red, White & Boom celebration. With a free live concert and, of course, the fireworks extravaganza, it's a top place to spend the holiday in the Oklahoma City area.
Date and times: Red, White & Boom is at 8:30 p.m. on July 3 with the OKC Philharmonic presenting Patriotic Pops. Fireworks will follow the concert at 10 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy concessions as well.
Location: This annual event will be held at the State Fair Park.
Admission: Admission and parking are free.
Concessions: Food vendors will be on hand.
Nearby hotels and lodging: If you're coming in from out of town for Red, White & Boom, lodging options include Best Western Plus Saddleback Inn, Comfort Suites, Courtyard Oklahoma City Airport, Biltmore Hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, and other top Oklahoma City hotels.
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2018 marks the 60th anniversary of Bethany's Freedom Festival. The event includes a parade, carnival rides, and fireworks.
Date and times: The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4. It features one of the state's largest fireworks displays, which begins at approximately 9:55 p.m.
Location: The Bethany Freedom Festival takes place at Eldon Lyon Park in Bethany. The park is located just south of NW 39th Expressway between Council and Rockwell. Parking is available on the south end of the park off NW 36th.
Events: Admission is free, but there's a charge for carnival ride tickets and games. Wristbands are available for carnival rides. There's also a parade, pony rides, classic car show, inflatables, and live music.
Food, vendors, and more: Along with carnival rides and plenty of food, there will be shopping opportunities.
Neary hotels and lodging: Those coming in from out of town for Bethany's Freedom Festival should check out some of the top hotels nearby. These include Holiday Inn Express, La Quinta Inn & Suites, and Sonesta ES Suites.
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Previously selected by CNN and USA TODAY as one of the top 10 places to be in America on July Fourth, Edmond's LibertyFest is a weeklong celebration of the nation's birth. With the state's largest hometown parade, one of the largest fireworks displays in the area, and more than 125,000 visitors, it's an event not to be missed.
Date and times: Edmond's LibertyFest begins June 23 and runs through July 4. On July 4, the LibertyFest Parade starts downtown at 9 a.m. with the fireworks show at Hafer Park scheduled for 9:30 p.m.
Location: Many of the LibertyFest events take place in downtown Edmond (north on Broadway extension to Edmond Road). The best viewing spot for fireworks is on the grounds of the UCO campus east of downtown on Edmond Road (Second Street).
Admission: There is no charge for viewing the huge, 100-entry LibertyFest parade, concert, or the fireworks display, but the Taste of Edmond food festival held on July 1 costs $14 for adults if purchased in advance online (also available at Edmond Convention & Visitor's Bureau and select local businesses) and $20 on event day. Children 10 and younger are free. Admission allows you to sample food from all the different restaurants.
Events: LibertyFest activities include a rodeo, car show, kite fest, UCO Summer Band outdoor concert of patriotic tunes, Road Rally scavenger hunt, Taste of Edmond, parade, Festival ParkFest, and fireworks.
Food, vendors, and more: From 6 to 10 p.m. on July 4, there will be food, music, rides, and games on the grounds of the UCO campus. Seating won't be provided, but you can bring lawn chairs or blankets. Neither pets nor coolers are allowed.
Nearby hotels and lodging: If you're from out of town and are planning to stay overnight, hotels in the area include Best Western, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Sleep Inn.
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The city of Yukon celebrates the nation's birthday with its huge Freedom Fest event. The celebration includes two nights of fireworks displays, outdoor evening concerts, kids' activities, parade, and more.
Date and times: The celebration begins at 5 p.m. on July 3 with live music and a tribute to veterans. The first night's fireworks follow at 10 p.m.
July Fourth fun starts at 8 a.m. and features a full day of activities including a children's parade, hot dog eating contest, free watermelon and ice cream, Oklahoma City Philharmonic concert at 8:30 p.m., and fireworks at 10 p.m.
Location: Freedom Fest events take place in Chisholm Trail Park (500 W. Vandament), Freedom Trail (2101 S. Holly Ave.), and Yukon City Park (2200 S. Holly).
Admission: Admission to all Freedom Fest events is free.
Other information: Feel free to bring your lawn chairs.
Nearby hotels and lodging: If you're coming in from out of town for Yukon's Freedom Fest, you may be interested in nearby lodging options such as Hampton Inn, Best Western Plus Inn, Comfort Suites, and Holiday Inn Express.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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The Oklahoma City community of Midwest City celebrates the nation's birthday with an annual Tribute to Liberty event that features live music, a flyover, and a fireworks display at dusk.
Date and times: Midwest City's event is held on July 4 with music beginning at 6 p.m. The fireworks begin at approximately 9:45 p.m.
Location: The event is held each year at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park, located near Reno Avenue and Midwest Boulevard.
Admission: Admission to the Midwest City event is free.
Other information: Feel free to bring your lawn chairs. There will be food vendors and inflatable toys (for a fee). Alcohol is not allowed.